Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Advent Printables

Now that they have started playing Christmas music already on one of our radio stations, I'm stepping up my efforts to keep Christmas in its proper place--after Advent!   So I've been looking for some fun activities and printables that my kids and I can do leading up to Christmas.  Thought I'd share some of the things I've found.  These activities are for a variety of ages and would be appropriately used at home or in a catechism class. They focus on Advent and preparing for Jesus' birth and do not include materials about saints, the Nativity, etc.

Raising and Teaching Little Saints:  Advent Activities for Kids
This free 25-page .pdf document includes coloring pages, a "write a letter to Baby Jesus" fill in form, description of the "Christkindl" Activity, an Advent Prayer Chain, Advent vocabulary flash cards, directions on creating a "Jesus Manger," simple puzzles with pictures of the Holy Family, and more.

1+1+1=1 Nativity Preschool Pack
Hours of fun for the younger ones, with Nativity-themed printables that teach counting, the alphabet, shapes, colors and more. 

Spell Out Loud's Advent Chain with the Names of Jesus
This would be a great hands-on activity after giving the CGS' meditation on the names of Jesus.

Family Centered's O Antiphons Coloring Pages

Ministry to Children's Advent Coloring Pages
Six different pages.  I especially like the "Advent is Here!" page.  I'm toying with the idea of  copying it on to vellum paper and giving my daughter water-color pencils to color it in, perhaps creating a stained glass window effect that would look nice in one of our home's hard-to-decorate transom windows!

Activity Village's Advent Printables
Some of these are a bit more secular, but I especially like the "Good Deed Chart," the Advent worksheet, the Advent wreath cut-n-stick activity and the Advent wreath writing activity.

Family Feast and Feria's "My Little Advent" Printable
We've used this for the last couple of years as an addition to our morning prayer (before we begin our school day.)  My daughter really looks forward to flipping to the new page every day.

Family Feast and Feria's Advent Calendar Printable

Catholic Mom has a variety of Advent printables including  and advent bingo, crossword puzzles, coloring pages, lesson plans and much, much more.

The Catholic Toolbox has an advent wreath file folder game, lesson plans for preschool through first grade catechism classes (with printables), lapbook resources and more. Some of these are links to other websites.

DLTK-Bible has "The Christmas Story Advent Coloring Book."

Super Coloring Pages has a nice silhouette image of Mary and Joseph that is a coloring page, but I could envision it for a number of silhouette craft projects, too.

Making Music Praying Twice has a "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" coloring sheet

The Apostleship of Prayer has a coloring sheet of Mary and Joseph heading to Bethlehem

Become What Your Are has links to wreath coloring pages.  Check out their links for December saint coloring pages, Nativity puppets and feltboard figures and much more.

Shower of Roses lists links for coloring pages that match the symbols of the Jesse Tree.

ThatResourceSite has an F3 (folder) activity to help kids prepare for the nativity of Our Lord, an Advent wreath project,  Little Lesson of Advent Stories   Color the Seasons Liturgical Calendar Coloring Sheet,  and much more.  Take some time to browse around this helpful site!

Loyola Press has lesson plans with a variety of hands-on activities like  an Isaiah bookmark, an Advent observance banner, an Advent tree of Kindness and more.

If you know of any other resources, please let me know and I'll add them to this list.


  1. thanks for all these resources, Cheryl! Have a blessed Advent.

  2. Great resources, Cheryl, thank you!